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Awareness of solar net-metering must be improved

Saurabh Marda, Founder & MD, Freyr Energy; and Radhika Choudhary, Co-Founder & Director, Freyr Energy

Hyderabad based start-up Freyr Energy is full-service solar provider with solutions spanning across rooftop, solar pumps, petrol pumps and micro grids. Freyr Energy has already completed more than 800+ rooftop installations across 14 states engaging 2000+ channel partners. In this exchange with T&D India, we have co-founders Saurabh Marda and Radhika Choudhary telling us more on their company’s activities, particularly the Freyr SunPro app that can change the way consumers look at solar rooftops. 

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We are looking at a solar portfolio of over 300 mw in 2-3 years

Aditya Malpani, Director & CEO, Manikaran Solar Ltd

Manikaran Solar Ltd (MSL) is an affiliate of Manikaran Group, one of the largest power trading companies in India. MSL caters to the entire value chain of solar open access and rooftop projects by working closely with consumers and developers. Aditya Malpani closely explains how Manikaran Solar engages with stakeholders to structure bankable power purchase agreements. While admitting that solar energy is currently facing some challenges, Malpani is confident that MSL will build a portfolio of over 300 mw in the next 2-3 years. 

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We have a whole portfolio of smart integrated solutions

Anil Kadam, General Manager–Business Development and Solution Architect, Schneider Electric

Schneider Electric is the global specialist in energy management and automation. In this exchange with T&D India, Anil Kadam discusses the company’s operations in the switchgear business, also explaining how power distribution equipment like switchgear is now being integrated with energy-management software. Digitisation of the power grid in the country will ensure improved optimization of resources and will ultimately reduce the cost of electricity in India, notes Kadam.

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India is fairly self-reliant in GIS-based substation technologies

Simarpreet Singh, Head – Strategy, Hartek Group

Hartek Group is a specialist in providing EPC solutions for substations and transmission lines up to 400kV. Recently, the group landed its first order for a gas-insulated switchgear (GIS) substation in Haryana. In this exclusive exchange with T&D India, Simarpreet Singh tells us how GIS-based substations are technically superior to their air insulated counterparts, not just in terms of technology but also from the perspective of EPC contractors.

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CIBANO 500 offers a new method for GIS testing

Andreas Nenning, Product Manager, OMICRON electronics

Andreas Nenning has a degree in automation engineering and mechatronics from the University of Applied Science in Dornbirn, Austria. He’s been the product manager for OMICRON’s new circuit breaker test set CIBANO 500, since September 2013. In this exchange with T&D India, Nenning explains in depth how CIBANO 500 and OMICRON’s current sensor measurement (CSM) method help overcome practical difficulties in performing on-site tests on gas-insulated switchgear.

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We are extremely delighted with the response to ELECRAMA 2018

Vijay Karia, Chairman, Elecrama 2018

The mega power T&D show, ELECRAMA 2018, organized by industry body IEEMA is scheduled to be held in March 2018. We have Vijay Karia discussing the various contours of this grand event. Karia is encouraged with the stupendous response by both Indian and international exhibitors, and is confident that this edition of ELECRAMA will be the grandest of all editions so far. 

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We see huge business opportunity from power utilities

Balakrishnan Natarajan, MD, EPCOS India Pvt Ltd

EPCOS, a TDK Group company, develops, manufactures and markets electronic components and systems, focusing on technology markets that include automotive electronics, industrial electronics and consumer electronics as well as information and communications technology. We have in this exclusive interaction, Balakrishnan Natarajan discussing the Indian business of EPCOS. Natarajan explains that EPCOS, thanks to its wide product portfolio, is geared up to meet India’s growing demand from a diversity of sectors, especially the power distribution segment. An interaction by Venugopal Pillai.

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PMX aims to be a complete powerhouse in power solutions

Sony Jacob, Director, Power Matrix Solutions Pvt Ltd

Founded in 2000 by a team of technocrats, Power Matrix Solutions Pvt Ltd, popularly known as PMX, is a leading name in the field of power conditioning solutions. In this exclusive interaction with T&D India, we have Sony Jacob telling us how PMX has become a complete solutions provider for all power quality-related problems, and why PMX will be focusing increasingly on reactive power compensation solutions in the years to come.

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‘Digital India’ can be a big demand driver

Sushil Virmani, Managing Director, Socomec Innovative Power Solutions Pvt Ltd

Socomec Innovative Power Solutions Pvt Ltd, part of France-based Socomec Group, has a complete suite of solutions for control and safety of low-voltage electrical networks. We have Sushil Virmani discussing at length the Socomec’s UPS business in India. With the national “Digital India” mission now gaining steam, Virmani explains why data centres would be in the limelight, and how this would be a big business driver for Socomec’s UPS business in India.

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We are bullish about growth opportunities in India

Palash Nandy, Chief Commercial Officer, Numeric India

Numeric, a market leader in the field of single-phase and line-interactive UPS, became part of the Legrand Group in 2012. In this exclusive exchange, we have Palash Nandy, giving insights on how Legrand’s UPS business has grown after the induction of Numeric, and how the UPS business itself completes the wide range of offerings that Legrand has in the low-voltage power distribution space.

It has been around five years since Legrand acquired the UPS business of erstwhile Numeric Power Systems Ltd. How has Legrand’s UPS business grown over these years, in terms of product portfolio, market penetration, etc?

Numeric, one of the top three UPS manufacturer in India, was established in 1984. The first UPS from Numeric was introduced in 1985. Since then it has evolved as the undisputed leader in single-phase UPS and line-interactive UPS over the last 24 years.

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